Self – Esteem and Dignity lies in Mutual Respect


Farrukh H. Saif

Farrukh H Saif of World Vision in Progress (WVIP) has been accused of doing something nefarious to the Pakistan Christian community. In the article below Shamim does not provide any detail but only writes:

 

“I quote; the shameful act some Pakistani people did against the chief of World Vision in Progress (WVIP); Farrukh H Saif. I guess and believe that it is fabricated and planned against his organization and his family. … And this act by some duffer [Blogger Editor: I am guessing a “duffer” is a common British term – It means “An incompetent or stupid person, especially an elderly one] not only is a try to defame him only, but the entire community involved in helping Christians in the country. He said neither he has any affiliation with PML-N and nor can [he] go against the Christians of the country. …”

 

Shamim’s article is a character defense of Farrukh H. Saif who is the Executive Director of the Pakistan WVIP. The only negative I could find on Farrukh H Saif via Google is a WVIP notification denying they are “…against the Pakistani Christian Asylum Seekers” who fled Muslim violence to Bangkok Thailand. Since the context of Shamim’s story incorporates the political party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The Wikipedia write-up on PML-N labels the party a Center-Right coalition. Pakistani Christians tend to question just how “Center” the PML-N is. An Op-Ed by Nazir S Bhatti I found in the Pakistan Christian Post profoundly writes the reasons for Christians and other non-Muslim Pakistanis to distrust the agenda of PML-N.

 

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Self – Esteem and Dignity lies in Mutual Respect

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 6/1/2014 11:24 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Healthy self-esteem is important because some of us think too little of ourselves; on the other hand, some of us overestimate themselves. The key to an honest and accurate evaluation knows the basis of our self-worth – our identity. Evaluating yourself by the worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and thus miss your true value in God’s eyes.

 

Many Christian activists are working in this arena; some have a solid background and support. While others pretend but actually are playing blame games. This is the point which disgraces and creates ambiguity among our Pakistani Christian among West. I am aware of most but not all the activists and groups I noted trying to uplift lives of Christians in Pakistan. Who begin with good intentions but don’t always follow through once larger sums start coming in. This is sad that some Pakistanis seem to work against each other and this is what the West sees so does not feel able to trust or believe unity is possible to move the cause forward and support it.

 

I quote; the shameful act some Pakistani people did against the chief of World Vision in Progress (WVIP); Farrukh H Saif. I guess and believe that it is fabricated and planned against his organization and his family. To my knowledge and [what I have] seen [of] his work for the last couple of years, he is not this kind of person. Whatever his past is I [don’t] care, but [for] now he has saved hundreds of lives of innocent Pakistani Christians who [are] caught under the false cases. Farrukh is the leading person from the Pakistani Christian community who is currently working for the persecuted Christians in the Islamic world. And this act by some duffer not only is a try to defame him only, but the entire community involved in helping Christians in the country. He said neither he has any affiliation with PML-N and nor can [he] go against the Christians of the country. Pakistani Christians are dear to me and I love them and serve them beyond [the] horizon, he added.

  

Farrukh himself denied and condemns this shameful and cowardly act and urged those people to stop doing cunning [exploitation] and work honestly for the betterment of Pakistani Christians. Instead sitting in different countries and enjoy a luxurious life in the name of poor Pakistani Christians. He also warned and cautioned to take strict measures against the people involved in it. 

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PCC demanded reforms in electoral system


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Shamim Masih bottom left – Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Punjab Youth Conference Lahore

 

 

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Shamim Masih writes about electoral and political representation for Pakistan’s minorities. At a recent Youth Conference under the auspices of the Pakistan Christian Congress the youth were told about the unfair representation and rallied them to support political reform.

 

Be sure to read Shamim’s news report on the PCC Youth Conference below. So that you get a picture of the unfair – and really unjust – electoral representation perpetrated against Pakistani minorities here is an excerpt from Persecution.org on how politics operate in Pakistan:

 

Religious Minorities Held Out of Pakistan’s Government by Corrupt Election Process

 

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Christians and other religious minority groups continue to be held out of Pakistan’s government by its complicated and corrupt election process. Minorities do not have the right to directly elect members of their communities to seats in Pakistan’s government that are specifically reserved for members of that community. Instead, these seats are filled by the controlling political parties who often sell the seats to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, this has meant that the seats reserved for Christians are often held by individuals who do not have the minority community’s best interest at heart. This has allowed official forms of persecution in Pakistan, like the country’s controversial blasphemy law, to continue to exist and be abused against Christians. Please pray that someday, Christians will be able to elect their own representatives to the Pakistani government.

 

12/16/2013 Pakistan (Daily Times [Blog Editor: This reference link is no longer operable.]) – Despite thunders and lighting by successive governments, there was no downpour for the religious minorities in Pakistan. They are not yet given the dual voting rights nor can they elect their own representatives.

 

According to the Constitution of Pakistan, only Muslim leaders of mainstream political parties can decide the fate of non-Muslim representatives in the assemblies, not the 2.78 million registered non-Muslim voters.

 

The assembly members on minority seats are “selected” after taking huge funds in the name of party funds, hence, only the well-off members billionaire enter the upper and lower houses, and not the ones who really intend to do something for their community.

 

Besides Hindus, the biggest religious minority community in the province, there are Christians (Roman Catholic and Protestants), Parsis, Sikhs, Ahmedis and even Bahais living in Sindh, but only the Hindus have representation in the provincial house.

 

According to the official data of the Election Commission of Pakistan, all the religious minorities constitute 2.78 million registered voters in Pakistan. Of them, 1.4 million are Hindus, followed by 1.24 million Christians, 115,966 Ahmedis, 5,934 Sikhs, 3,650 Parsis, 1,452 Buddhists and 809 Jews.

 

They all can contest elections on general seats, and can vote for Muslim candidates on general seats. But they cannot vote to their own minority candidates, which are supposed to represent them in the assemblies.

 

Though it was announced numerous times by the governments that religious minorities of Pakistan would be given right to dual vote, such right was not given in its letter and spirit. …

 

 

Their seats were converted into “reserved seats”-just like reserved seats for women. And the right to select who will represent minorities in the assembly was given to the political parties, not the minority voters.

 

 

… These seats are allocated to the parties in accordance with their priority list submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan. This means, one portion of the democratic assemblies is comprised on people’s representatives (the Muslim assembly members) as they get elected by the direct voting, whereas others, the women and minorities, are not elected by people, but are selected by the Muslim leadership of the mainstream political parties. Hence, the element of corruption enters into the “selection” of minority members. Anyone who wants to ensure his or her entry into the assemblies, he pays huge amounts to party leaders to get into the “priority list’ for minorities.

 

This “selection” process in fact is harming the community members. The so-called representatives, rather than working for the welfare of their communities’ and/or making legislation, get busy in minting money. (Excerpted from Persecution.org which posted on 12/16/13 9:43am)

 

 

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PCC demanded reforms in electoral system

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By Shamim Masih

Sent: 4/29/2014 2:38 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Christian Congress, the oldest Christian political party re-organizing in Pakistan has demanded to bring reforms in the electoral system for minorities. Talking to the PCC Youth Conference, PCC chief said that government of Pakistan should take immediate corrective measures and should restore election system for minority candidates as well. Addressing the Youth Conference via video link, PCC chief Nazir S Bhatti demanded PML-N government to bring reforms in discriminatory laws including blasphemy law.

 

PCC chief organizer Farrukh H Saif said that we want the immediate increase in the minority seats. He said the present Christian parliamentarians are not our true representative rather they are official spokespersons. He said present electoral system for minorities is not democratic system. It adds bribery in a democratic system and opened doors for corruption in the country.

 

Parvez Iqbal, president PCC Holland Chapter, especially participated in the youth conference and encouraged [the] young [people] of the PCC struggling for their rights. The PCC youth welcomed the honorable guest and promised to work whole heartedly to achieve their goals.

 

Christian youth across the country has joined PCC and participated from different areas of the country. Other PCC youth leaders and representatives addressed the conference. 

   

PCC has been working for Christian rights and values since 1985 in the country and have been struggling against injustice, persecution and [Blasphemy] laws enforcement on the face of depressed and marginalized Christian community.    

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Another Blasphemy Case Registered – Christians are Under Threat


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Shamim Masih reports on another Muslim accusing a Christian breaking the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan. Breaking the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan is a serious issue that can lead anywhere to incarceration to a death penalty. The preliminary accusation appears to be that Christian Tariq Yousaf in his side profession made firecrackers with Islamic verses on the inside. A person with the name of Khurram allegedly found the Islamic verses inside the firecrackers. Why does a person buy firecrackers then open them up to see what is inside them? Of course I don’t know yet but it sounds like a set-up to me which is a typical vengeance or exploitation play by Muslims against Christians in Pakistan. At any rate I pray Shamim keeps informed because we know the Mainstream Media in America could care less what happens to Christians in Pakistan.

 

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Another Blasphemy Case Registered – Christians are Under Threat

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/1/2013 10:02 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: On October 29, we celebrated our wedding anniversary. After the celebration, lying in bed on a lazy autumn late evening, something dark and nasty reached out to me, my cell phone ringing. One of my friends was on the other side said that there is another blasphemy case in Wazirabad Gujranwala, the situation is tense there. I picked my phone and made a call to the local police officer. The local police officer, Sami Ullah, the SHO, told me details of the incident and confirmed that there is an incident but (administration) is on the ground looking into the matter.

 

With a Muslim majority, the country’s Christian population is quite small. Even though Pakistan is a democratic country, but Christians are considered second class citizens especially in remote areas. Discrimination limits their work prospects and their influence in the country’s political and cultural matters.

 

Tariq Yousaf makes his livings by making firecrackers in Wazirabad Gujranwala. Wazirabad is famous for its cutlery items and Tariq works in cutlery factory with a low salary and works part time as well to make the both ends meet. On October 27, Khurram, (complainant) bought a few firecrackers from Tariq and found Islamic verses in it. He called on Tariq and beat him severely but with the intervention of the local elders, the issue was resolved. Later he [Khurram] went to the police station and registered the First Investigation Report FIR No. 533/12 in Sadar Police Station, Wazirabad. (Copy it attached). FIR No. 533-12 in Sadar Police Station, Wazirabad

 

Later on Friday, November 01, the situation became tense again, but with the help of the local administration, situation remained under control. Fazal –e- Haq, Assistant Superintendent Police – ASP and Sami Ullah, Station House Officer– SHO with police squad remained there till late hours. Christian leadership was also there to look into the matter.

 

According to Farrukh H Saif, accused of the blasphemy case are under police custody and World Vision in Progress – WVIP is handling the legal matters of the case.

 

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Man of Mass – Making Difference


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Shamim Masih writes about bold activism by Farrukh H. Saif of World Vision in Progress (WVIP). This is not to the first time Shamim has had high praise of Saif and WVIP because the organization actually does work for the Christian poor in Pakistan. Evidently many Pakistani-Christian activists limit their activism to just writing about the misery of Christians in order to receive donations from Christians outside of Pakistan in the West. Shamim asserts that Saif and WVIP do more than write, they actually try to provide the necessities needed by the poor ranging from physical needs to legal aid in Pakistan in which Sharia Law is the measurement of right and wrong in society and in the rule of law.

 

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Man of Mass – Making Difference

 

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Sent: 10/31/2013 9:09 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: In Pakistan, on September 22, 2013, more than 125 people died and around 170 injured in a bomb attack on All Saints Church, Peshawar. Taliban, or one of their affiliate groups, had gone to St. Dominic’s Church in Bahawalpur in October 2001, shot the guard at the gate and then killed 15 people in the congregation. It was the first mass-killing of Christians in the history of Pakistan. Then, Jihadists are ever more brazen in their determination to target Christians. But still, US President and other leaders in the West – though remembering the victims and acknowledging the evil in passing, are not making any concerted effort to make this particular slaughter of innocents a foreign policy priority.

 

Persecution and poverty are terrible things in Pakistan and at WVIP, “meeting the needs of our people is our priority. We try to minimize the devastating effects of the homelessness and hunger by providing nutritious meals and safe environment,” said Farrukh H Saif, Executive Director World Vision in Progress.

  

I have been covering the minority issues; Pakistani Christians facing persecution for three decade or so. During my visits across the country, I meet many human rights activists. Many people used to tell me stories of their work for the community and the extended community as well. But I didn’t find many of them working on the grass root level. Some, so called activists are running their organizations just on internet; I find no working but photo session. Normally I don’t write for them even they ask me do so, But when I find someone working on ground, I do. And I feel, it should be acknowledged.

 

I heartily salute WVIP upon the working for injured in All Saints Church Peshawar attack. I have visited Peshawar church thrice and observed the people saying that WVIP is working on ground reality. You know the people said, “aik harry harry ay koi, o theek kum kar reha ay” (there is person name Harry, who is working on ground). This organization has been taking care of the injured patients, bearing the medical expenses, managing the house hold items for deserving people there. Farrukh said that since then 18 patients of the Peshawar church incident have been cured. And WVIP is taking care of the patient’s medication to his/her house hold needs.

  

I met Farrukh H Saif during the Rimsha case, when he came to deliver her. Unfortunately, his extended team leader, (who claim human rights champion) couldn’t manage it. So WVIP had to back out from the case and Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, jumped into the fire and become the champion. Farrukh didn’t lose heart and started helping the displaced families of the Rimsha case. I witness to it that during the case proceeding and after her release, this man had been taking care of those internally displaced people – IDPs. (Many people are not aware that with Rimsha incident more than 250 families were displaced and still suffering).

 

Then I saw WVIP was distributing necessary items to the people of Joseph Colony, Lahore. And now he is busy with the injured people in Peshawar incident. WVIP has been working on persecution. He told me on the phone that the above mentioned organization has worked the many blasphemy accused and have taken number of cases so far.

 

There are huge issues with Pakistan situation which this short article doesn’t attempt to address. However, put aside for a moment what you feel about the conflict in the region and who’s right and wrong. Christians are under threats; they are living right in the middle of an unwinnable situation. While we pray for peace in the troubled region in the world, let’s remember them as well. It really is the right thing to do.

 

For more details, please visit: http://worldvisioninprogress.webs.com/   

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